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Systems Engineering and Safety

Building the Bridge, 1st Edition

By Peter J. Glismann

CRC Press

132 pages | 37 B/W Illus.

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Enhancing awareness of the interdependence of systems engineering and safety, Systems Engineering and Safety: Building the Bridge covers systems engineering methodology, safety tools, and the management needed to build the bridge between these two disciplines. It underscores the relationship between the disciplines and how understanding the relationship can benefit your organization and industry.

The book lays out the purpose of the methodology of systems engineering and the tools of safety. It identifies the importance of management and the culture, commitment, communication, and coordination that management must provide. The author describes the systems engineering methodology: the lifecycle, processes, and management and the technical processes that systems engineers and safety professionals must be familiar with. He merges management, systems engineering, and safety into the lifecycle through project processes. Using real-world examples, he also examines the roles and responsibilities of management, and a breakdown theory of safety in the management processes: The Glismann Effect.

The strength of this book is that it can be read, understood, and hopefully acted upon by the chief executive officer of a corporation, right down to the line manager of systems engineering or the subject matter expert in the safety department. This value can be measured in cost savings, be it in the form of human, social, or financial capital.


"Glismann undertook a difficult endeavor to take system safety engineering out of the science discourse and into a discussion of social breakdown. Glismann offers a clear narrative of the social aspects to argue that safety breakdown has more to do with the C4 than flawed system analysis. His argument is an ideal introduction to safety and a must read for managers."

—Kevin J. Brogan, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, USA

Table of Contents


Purpose of Systems Engineering

Purpose of Safety

Need to Build the Bridge

Systems Engineering: Methodology

Systems Engineering Life Cycle

Systems Engineering Process

Systems Engineering Management

Safety: Tools

Safety Techniques

Safety Processes

Safety Management

Technical Processes

Role of Technical Processes

Requirements Definition Process

Requirements Analysis Process

Architectural Design Process

Implementation Process

Integration Process

Verification and Validation (V&V) Process

Transition and Cutover Process

Operation Process

Maintenance Process

Project Processes

Role of Project Processes

Project Planning Process

Project Assessment and Control Process

Decision Management Process

Risk Management Process

Configuration Management Process

Information Management Process

Management C4

Skills, Roles, and Responsibilities





Safety Breakdown Theory: The Glismann Effect

Real-Life Examples

USS Iowa Explosion

NASA Shuttle Challenger Tragedy

NASA Shuttle Columbia Tragedy

The Road Ahead



About the Originator

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Design / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety